Finding the right eye doctor for your eye care needs is an important decision to make. After all, your eyes are your windows to your vision and sight and require frequent care and treatment to stay healthy! However, the type of eye care professional you need depends on your situation. There are actually several types of eye care professionals to choose from, and by understanding who they are and what they specialize in, you can make a better-informed decision about who you should schedule an appointment with. Here are the different types of eye care professionals:
Optometrists are the eye doctors most patients see for regular checkups and exams. They specialize in eye and vision care, and fulfill this role by providing patients with eye examinations for vision and health problems, and also offer diagnosis and treatment for refractive errors by prescribing eyeglasses and contact lenses. Certain optometrists also offer vision therapy to their patients.
An ophthalmologist is an eye doctor who also specializes in eye and vision care. However, besides providing patients with eye exams, diagnosis and treatment, and prescribed medications and eyeglasses/contacts, ophthalmologists are also trained to perform eye surgery for minor and complex eye conditions.
Opticians are different from optometrists and ophthalmologists in that they are not necessarily eye doctors; instead, they specialize in the fitting and sale of glasses and contact lenses prescribed by the eye doctor.
Now that you have a better understanding of the different types of eye care professionals, you can better decide which professional is the right person to visit. But regardless of your eye care needs, our offices are staffed with professionals from the entire spectrum of eye care specialists. We welcome you to stop by one of our four locations, or book an appointment today!